THE TRENDS Stay ahead of the pack with our guide to 2019’s big­gest fit­ness, food, and tech trends:

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1 Wild(er) Greens

For­get kale – this year is about wilder greens with big­ger ben­e­fits. For ex­am­ple, mus­tard greens pack a punch, lac­ing your dish with sharp, deep flavour and fresh­ness. Other vi­ta­min-rich op­tions in­clude sor­rel, dan­de­lion, turnip greens, beet­root leaves (and the stems), and wa­ter­cress.

2 Print A Car

This year, tech gu­rus are chang­ing the game with de­vices that can cre­ate cus­tom de­signs us­ing metal, open­ing up even more op­tions to the as­pir­ing in­ven­tor. While we’re still a long way from print­ing our own cars, this is get­ting us a step closer to the dream – own­ing a home-made Fer­rari.

3 Fer­ment Ev­ery­thing

As sci­en­tists con­tinue to un­pack the nev­erend­ing ben­e­fits of con­sum­ing pro­bi­otic-rich foods, the world has found it­self in a pickle. Chefs across the world are fer­ment­ing all their favourite in­gre­di­ents to find new de­li­cious (and healthy) com­bi­na­tions. While the hum­ble gherkin al­ways has its place, our new favourite is koji. You’ll find this in­gre­di­ent in sake, rice vine­gar, miso soup and soya sauce.

4 Healthy Com­pe­ti­tion

The en­dur­ing pop­u­lar­ity of Park Runs, CrossFit Boxes, and Sun­day leagues has proved one thing: as hu­mans, we crave com­pe­ti­tion. And as it turns out, your health and fit­ness may ben­e­fit from chal­leng­ing your mates, your col­leagues, or just a ran­dom stranger at the gym. A study pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Pre­ven­ta­tive Medicine Re­ports, showed that those classes with higher com­pe­ti­tion lev­els had at­ten­dance rates 90% higher than those in the other groups.

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